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Sounds Of Nature In National Parks Are Being Trampled By Noise

Standing on the rippled hillside of Checkerboard Mesa in Zion National Park, the sound came in waves as eastbound flight after eastbound flight from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas passed overhead about every 10 minutes, adding to the cacophony of traffic from the park road 100 or so yards away.

President's Decision To Leave Paris Accord Draws Criticism From National Park Advocates

President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate change accord is drawing criticism from park advocates and businesses tied to national parks, as well as pledges to reduce carbon footprints and praise for states that are focused on renewable energy.

UPDATED: Deaths At Hawai'i Volcanoes, Great Smoky, And Zion National Parks Are Reminders To Be Careful Out There

Three fatalities, one in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, one in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and a third in Zion National Park in recent days drive home the message to be careful when you're on your national park vacation. The death at Hawai'i Volcanoes was tied to a vehicle accident, the one at Great Smoky involved a man falling from the top of the Ramsey Cascades waterfall, and in Zion a man possibly fell to his death from an arch.

Smokies Hike Shows Off Views Of Appalachian Trail And Work Of Ridge Runners

The Appalachian Trail, which runs for more than 71 miles through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, showcases world-famous views, and helpers known as Ridge Runners keep visitors safe and informed while maintaining the popular trail. Both the views and the work of the Ridge Runners will be featured in a hike on June 13 organized by the Friends of the Smokies.

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